anaesthesia for the Eve in my bloodline // or how to tame an earthworm for auntie funmi leave your beak behind today. let the early bird lie peacefully in her grave. the ancestors domesticated God & harem by castrating its tongue. a thick silence hangs the house like a conversation you’d hear in a graveyard. […]
Floridad I gave grist to animals while your sermons Piled high against the tide. When struggle Stirred your anger, I hung letters from the world’s ceiling. Hung myself by my sleeves to rickety branches of oaks. As if this were levitation enough to make of heaven A friend. Though no matter what bargains I make, […]
The Origin of Surfing when the great ocean stood her water fell off and made the ocean when the ocean stood her water fell off and made the great lake when the great lake stood her water fell off and made the lake in middle-night in glass brassier our reflection in the creek Zan de […]
jasper avery is a poet currently based in Philadelphia. her debut poetry collection, number one earth, won the 2017 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors. her poetry has appeared in ALPHA, The Puritan, and fields mag, and was shown at the Man-Made Disaster Exhibition in London in April of 2019. she tweets @saguarohugger.
“Trust in the future in your loneliness” — G.E. Patterson regardless of care we who love/d short we who desire/d let ourselves be led by a thing of distance of vastness of there of then of those this fullness of a door no longer a beyond here knocks decided silence never mind the inspiration it […]
Sonnet for My Music Preference My artist search history on Tidal is something like Beyonce, Ella Mai, Kehlani, 2 Chainz … As if I’m looking for a song to fit my life into. Black voices with messages like we can do more than Rap or Go To the League. I think about when it’s time […]
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the author of five critically acclaimed books, most recently Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven.
Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Frost Place, and the Bread Loaf Writer’ Conference, and a graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers.
James Henry Knippen’s poems have appeared in 32 Poems, AGNI, The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and The Missouri Review Online, among other journals.
Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. / Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19